protective/transitioning style care

Since transitioning, I've had weaves and mostly phony ponies as protective styles (of some sort...). I found that, for me, the hardest to care for was the weave. Granted, before the summer I had never had a weave... but I found that just caring for my hair underneath, especially my edges, was super difficult! As for the fake puffs, well I don't always want to wear them. I think over time they may give me a bald spot in the center of my head OR just drive me insane with the scalp scratching. So I'm thinking about getting braids or kinky twists, but again I don't know how to care for my scalp and hair this way.

For those of you who have transitioned/are transitioning with any of these (or more) styles, how did you take care of your hair, scalp, and edges? Suggestions or any styles to stay away from?
i'm pretty sure most of you have or have had protective styles and somehow you're taking care of your hair. care to share?
I had Kinky Twists for about a month and a half towards the end of my transition. My hair grew quite a bit, so it was a nice and easy transition style; didn't have to worry about fixing my hair for a couple of weeks. When I took them out I had to comb through some tangles but nothing ridiculous or unexpected.
I used a spray with diluted conditioner to keep the scalp moisturized periodically, and I washed/rinsed them maybe every other week. As my hair grew, my ends became more stressed, which is why I took them out earlier than I initially planned.

Otherwise, I was pretty lazy through my transition and wore ponytails and wash and gos. And my ponytails were never super tight so my edges were ok. I tried braid-outs sometimes but they never worked out for me.
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I've never had a weave or braids, so I can't really give you any advice on that. I am in the 4th month of my transition and I have been getting by on braid outs and every now and then a roller set. My braid outs normally last a couple of days. I just keep my scalp moisturized with a moisturizing oil that I found at Sally's and I wear a satin bonnet at night. My roller sets last about a week and I do the same thing at night. I like braid outs and roller sets because I can wear it down with a head band or pull it up into an updo. They have been working for me. I've considered kinky twists whenever I get tired of my braid-outs and roller sets. I hope this helps!
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I'm mostly interested in ways that you all are conditioning or cleansing your hair and scalps with braids, weaves or twists. I always thought to rinse or wash these, especially braids and twists, would cause the hair to 'poof' again and come undone. I just don't want to pay for and take the time to get braids and then destroy them trying to keep everything clean. The diluted conditioner idea sounds good. Thanks
I'm mostly interested in ways that you all are conditioning or cleansing your hair and scalps with braids, weaves or twists. I always thought to rinse or wash these, especially braids and twists, would cause the hair to 'poof' again and come undone. I just don't want to pay for and take the time to get braids and then destroy them trying to keep everything clean. The diluted conditioner idea sounds good. Thanks
Originally Posted by nettabelle
I have never had a weave or braids. But I when my scalp is feeling a little itchy due to product build up, I use Giovanni Tea Triple Treat Shampoo. It really makes my scalp feel good. Then I deep condition with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner. It is awesome. Make my hair feel really soft. When I really need some cleansing once a month I use Bentonite Clay followed by the conditioner above. The clay is a deep clarifier for the hair, scalp and skin. You can also try massaging some JoJoba oil on your scalp. Its a really good moisturizer. Hope that helps
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I'm mostly interested in ways that you all are conditioning or cleansing your hair and scalps with braids, weaves or twists. I always thought to rinse or wash these, especially braids and twists, would cause the hair to 'poof' again and come undone. I just don't want to pay for and take the time to get braids and then destroy them trying to keep everything clean. The diluted conditioner idea sounds good. Thanks
Originally Posted by nettabelle
I have never had a weave or braids. But I when my scalp is feeling a little itchy due to product build up, I use Giovanni Tea Triple Treat Shampoo. It really makes my scalp feel good. Then I deep condition with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner. It is awesome. Make my hair feel really soft. When I really need some cleansing once a month I use Bentonite Clay followed by the conditioner above. The clay is a deep clarifier for the hair, scalp and skin. You can also try massaging some JoJoba oil on your scalp. Its a really good moisturizer. Hope that helps
Originally Posted by tnatural

Thanks for the reply


Yeah, the shampoos and conditioners I've been using are great for cleansing my scalp. At the moment, I've been wearing my hair in ponytails or covering with scarves so of course its easy to cleanse and moisturize. I'm looking for advice on doing the same with braids or twists. I don't think caring for hair in these styles is exactly the same because some methods might ruin the braids or twists themselves.
Check out these youtuber's videos, they have some great tips on taking care of kinky twists!
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeautifulBrwnBabyDol

http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackOnyx77
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Last edited by PJ26; 01-15-2009 at 07:51 AM. Reason: null
Check out these youtuber's videos, they have some great tips on taking care of kinky twists!
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeautifulBrwnBabyDol

http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackOnyx77
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Originally Posted by PJ26

Thanks, PJ26!

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